Nelly Korda Eyes Historic Sixth Straight LPGA Victory

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In the environs of Clifton, New Jersey, Nelly Korda, an illustrious figure in the golfing world, is celebrating an unprecedented winning streak that etches her name into the record books alongside two legendary Hall of Famers, Annika Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez. At just 25, Korda’s brilliant talent and unstoppable form have seen her secure five consecutive victories, a feat equaled only by those two legends. Her impressive winning streak has catapulted her to the apex of world rankings, and she leads in earnings, scoring average, and points garnered for the prestigious Player of the Year award in 2024.

In the midst of her victorious run, Korda has been a whirlwind of activity. It is not only her on-field accomplishments that are stirring up excitement. Her off-field experiences, like walking the red carpet at the Met Gala, were childhood dreams that she recently had the chance to live out with abundant joy.

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Soon, Korda will aim for another groundbreaking feat: becoming the first woman golfer in history to win six back-to-back LPGA starts. The 72-hole Cognizant Founders Cup, played at the Upper Montclair Country Club, will offer her the opportunity to reach this milestone.

Uncowed by the task at hand, Korda remains extraordinarily grounded, maintaining that she hasn’t given much thought to the looming challenge. From her perspective, the past fortnight of fervor, coupled with her stellar performance at The Chevron Championship in Texas and the glamorous Met Gala, hasn’t left her much room for contemplation.

In securing her second major career win a fortnight ago, Korda joined the illustrious company of Sorenstam and Lopez, who, in 2004-05 and 1978 respectively, also savored the taste of five consecutive tournament wins. It brings to mind the historical record of 11 straight wins by Byron Nelson, back in 1945. And yet, Korda, known for her level-headedness, prefers not to think too far ahead, cautioning against the potentially overwhelming pitfalls that such thoughts could induce.

Amid all the success, Korda never strayed from her game, finding time to practice and refine her techniques despite a busy schedule filled with moments of relaxation and star-studded events. The strategy has been straightforward: diligent practice at home, careful game planning with her caddie on the course, followed by a disciplined execution during the games.

One unexpected perk of her impressive winning streak was an invitation to the Met Gala, an experience Korda describes as “crazy.” The awe of being among celebrated actors, musicians, and models—personalities she’s seen on-screen—left her starstruck. Korda reveled in the occasion, quietly appreciating the stunning array of designer dresses.

For the event, the golf star had a number of Oscar de la Renta dresses at her disposal, but it was a breathtaking red dress that caught her eye twenty minutes before she was due on the carpet. Donned in attire far from her usual golf wear, Korda gleefully stepped out of her comfort zone, mesmerizing onlookers with her unexpected choice of gown.

For most Floridians, New Jersey might present a challenging change. Korda, however, is undeterred. Despite her previous difficulties in the state, Korda is set to pair off with last year’s defending champion, Jin Young Ko of South Korea, and Minjee Lee of Australia, the champion from 2022.

Her formidable performance and streak have caught the attention of golfing royalty. Hall of Famers Pat Bradley and Beth Daniel, who will be present at the forthcoming event, believe that the pressures are mounting high for Korda.

An air of anticipation circles Korda as she readies herself to achieve what no other woman golfer has been able to. It’s an exciting time as the golfing world eagerly awaits this potential historic moment in Korda’s swiftly ascending career.